Antwerp – A perfect combination of historic and modern city. As much as it is famous for its impressive historic architecture of museums, cathedrals, churches. But also famous for its reputation of Centre of fashion as the many designers and stylists who originated from this city.
It is a very large industrial port and currently one of the largest in the Europe. It is also famous. During the Golden Age Antwerp resembled present-day New York: it was one of the world’s fascinated city.
Must See in Antwerp
- Central Station – Most probably you will arrive at Antwerp via train, and if you do, make sure to have a stroll around this beautiful and magnificent transition train station.
- Antwerp Zoo- This is located just outside central station. It is the oldest zoo in Belgium. Kids will love it.
- Cathedral of Our Lady – An entry fee of 5Euros, but worth it. You will get to see amazing architecture inside the church along with works of the famous painter Pieter PaulRubens.
- MAS Museum – brand new museum of which Antwerp is extremely proud. It is marvel of the modern architecture and offers a great view over the city.
- The Meir- While here you will not be able to stop yourself entering the amazing shops around, designers, stylist etc. A fashion street 🙂
We were there just for a day and had an amazing sunny weather. Ended the day near to port drinking Belgium beers 🙂
In Bruges, it is love at first Sight. Strolling along Bruges’ alleys, picturesque canals and verdant embankments you cannot help falling in love with elegance and mysteriousness that prevails around.
Bruges to describe in few words- a fairy tale village, a romantic village, little Venice of north as some describes it.
Ask me I love Bruges, not only for its beautiful architecture but for many of the cobbled street that you are going to walk upon, those canals & bridges that automatically makes you fall for silence to listen to your heart beat, and that rustic feeling that stir all your senses.
Bruges’ beautiful and colorful buildings are incredibly well preserved due to Bruges falling into relative obscurity for quite a few centuries. It was also known as “the Dead City.” It came to life in the mid-1900s, though, when wealthy British and French tourists decided it would make a lovely holiday destination. Once the city decided to focus on tourism, restore and dapper up many of its historical buildings, Bruges came out as a romantic destination.
Bruges is a unique place that offers you artistic, cosmopolitan, unashamedly Burgundian, mysteriously medieval, and a Unesco World Heritage site to explore. It is undoubtedly a post card village.
Must Visit in Bruges
- Canals of Bruges- You cannot complete your trip to Bruges without having a boat ride in the canals of Bruges. There are the arteries of the Bruges to discover beautiful gardens, picturesque bridges, and the beautiful postcard village. There is hop and hop off rides also available. This was one of my favourite.
- Market Square – It is the heart of this beautiful town, beating up with the locals and tourists. The interesting houses, the clang of horses hooves, the fast-moving horse carriages and Belfry poses a setting of exquisiteness and charm, giving a medieval and modern feel to it.
- Church of Our Lady, Belfry, Saint Saviour’s Cathedral
- Walk near Beguinage- After strolling through streets, if you want to escape from the crowd for a quiet moment,take your time and walk along the romantic Minnewater for a mesmerizing view.
As always please get in touch if you require further information on my trip to Bruges 🙂
Very often I have seen people neglecting Belgium to be a part of their Europe tour. I have heard and read people mentioning that there is nothing much to see and do in Belgium or may be a day visit is enough to see that country.
On the contrary to all these comments, we have discovered Belgium as a great country that offers your richness of its history, culture, beautiful villages to its country side and modern cities. A perfect holiday destination, explore and admire what you see around. And definitely can not be done in a day trip.
We have been to Belgium over a bank holiday weekend and spent good 4 days over there.Another backpacking budget trip.
Day 1 & 2- Brussels.
Brussels capital of Belgium undoubtedly is the most visited places in Belgium, it is a heaven for people who love architecture, museums, pubs and yes I am coming on it- Waffles J Brussels also share its love for Artists – Art Nouveau facades, the talent of its stylists and designers, its delicacies and its surrealism, which can be found on every street corner.
How to Get around I will say walking is probably the best bet to see each nook and corner of this town J You can also use trains to get to different corners of the town and out-of-town.
Must See in the Brussels.
- The Grand Palace and the area around- UNESCO World heritage site.It was established in 15th century with few market halls, later on a town hall was established to do the trade. Bombarded by French Army in 1965, it was rebuilt and now a hotchpotch of Gothic, opulent Baroque, Neoclassical and Neogothic. Stroll around the area, some good pubs/restro and gift shops.
- Mont Des Arts- King Leopold II wanted to surround his palace with beautiful things and a new square was built that is home to Royal Library of Belgium, Musée Magritte Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, BOZAR – Centre for Fine Arts, the Coudenberg archaeological site, the Espace cultural,the BELvue Museum, CINEMATEK, Musical Instruments Museum. So much of richness in one square, definitely not to be missed.
- Atomium – One more tourist favourite destination. It is a representation if Iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, visitors can walk through the tubes and spheres along the 12 edges of the cube. The top sphere gives a panoramic view of Brussels.
- Manneken Pis -Little man Pee is a bronze sculpture in Brussles, depicting a naked little boy urinating into a fountain’s basin. There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke God Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.
Night life in Brussels It is one of the happening European city when it comes to-night life. While In Brussels, do visit Delirium Café and Pub. It is a true heaven for beer lovers; they serve 2000 types of beers from all over the world and the most amazing music. You will get high on music and beer both. Just next to Delirium café, there is a Tequila pub where they server 500 types of different tequila drink.
Note: Beware of pick pockets, there are many. Ash wallet was stolen too; thankfully we had forgotten the cards at hostel and there was not much of cash left in the wallet after spending quite a lot of money on drinks 😉
Once again do let me know if you have any queries or require any information on Brussels. And enjoy Waffles when you are there 🙂